Though lawmakers and legal scholars in large numbers were aghast earlier this week when a draft opinion from the U.S. Supreme Court appearing to overturn the landmark ruling in Roe v. Wade was leaked to Politico, a former top aide to Hillary Clinton took to Twitter to praise whoever was responsible, as the Daily Mail reports.
Brian Fallon, who served as spokesman for Clinton’s ill-fated 2016 presidential run and is now the executive director of far-left advocacy organization Demand Justice, did not skip a beat in the wake of Monday’s breaking news, immediately posting to social media his admiration for the leaker’s supposed courage.
“Is a brave clerk taking this unprecedented step of leaking a draft opinion to warn the country what’s coming in a last-ditch Hail Mary attempt to see if the public response might cause the Court to reconsider?” wrote Fallon.
In the face of criticism from those who did not share his belief in the leaker’s valor, Fallon doubled down on the importance of what he seemed to characterize as a fearless act of civil disobedience, saying, “All Democrats need to show the same urgency as the clerk who apparently risked his or her career to sound this alarm. Those on the inside know best how broken the institution is. We should listen.”
Not surprisingly, Fallon’s former boss was fully aligned with Fallon’s assessment of what the draft opinion seemed to portend, though she stopped short of heaping honor on the leaker.
Tweeting about the substance of the draft opinion, Clinton hyperbolically railed, “Not surprising. But still outrageous. This decision is a direct assault on the dignity, rights, & lives of women, not to mention decades of settled law. It will kill and subjugate women even as a vast majority of Americans think abortion should be legal. What an utter disgrace.”
Fallon’s admiration for the Supreme Court leaker was met with intense disagreement from a number of high-profile commentators, with George Washington University Law School professor Jonathan Turley declaring the unauthorized release of the opinion “an unspeakably unethical act” emblematic of our current times “where nothing seems inviolate anymore, no principle seems sacred.”
Republican Utah Rep. Chris Stewart described the leak as a “blatant attempt to severely damage the independence of the nation’s highest court,” adding that it “must be immediately investigated, and the leaker should be prosecuted.”
With longtime Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz – himself an opponent of overturning Roe – agreeing with Fallon’s suspicion that a SCOTUS law clerk is behind the leak, and Chief Justice John Roberts instructing the court’s marshal to launch a probe of the matter, it ultimately remains to be seen whether anyone will be held accountable for an egregious breach of tradition and protocol clearly designed to deepen the national divide.